Take a walk along the beach from your luxury hotel, waterfront cabin or traditional bungalow, and you will discover gently lapping waves, rustling palm trees, white sands and a turquoise sea that dominates the vista before you. There's not a cloud in the sky, and no sound but the rush of the waves, but all at once your senses are overwhelmed. Barbadian resorts are renowned for their attention to detail, spoiling guests with indulgent spas, onsite dining and water-based activities; there's every chance you'll decide you needn't leave the confines of your hotel in order to have a good time. Step outside, though, and you'll discover another world - and this one really is paradise. Clear waters give way to coral reefs that team with fish, while set back from the beach are dense forests to be explored.